Stagecraft, an inter school drama competition 2018

Stagecraft, an inter-school drama competition held by Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) once in every two years is an excellent platform for schools all over Lucknow to show their exceptional drama skills. This year, in the third edition of Stage Craft, The Millennium School, Lucknow Public School, and Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial College participated along with Study Hall’s own budding actors.
The show started with a speech delivered by the head boy, Shreyas Thakur.
The teams had to vase their plays on issues which hinder our society today. TMS, LPC, and SRM performed plays called ‘Earth in 2069′, ‘CopyLeft’ and ‘Devi’ respectively. These plays targeted the issues of increase in the use of plastic, distractions caused by social media, the increase in poverty and the sorry state of women in today’s society.
Study Hall presented the play ‘Parched’ or ‘Pyasa’ by Anushree Roy. It is set in Kolkata in present-day India. It presents us with a brief glimpse into the home of Mr. Bikash, a bhodralok brahmin and in the life of Meera, his maidservant. It is a slice of reality that is often hidden behind a veil of glitz and glamour of Metropolitan cities.

The teams were judged not only on their performance but also on their costumes and their stage set up. While the awards for best play and best stage set up were bagged by Study Hall whereas the award for best costume was bagged by The Millennium School. Arundhati Singh, head girl of Study Hall school won the overall best actor award along with the award for best actor in ‘Parched’. To make the show even more memorable, Prerna concluded it with a beautiful self-composed skit.


Developing a New Perspective in Lucknow: Study Hall Educational Foundation

Chelsey was in Lucknow to visit Study Hall Educational Foundation during an international study tour.

During our travels in India, we spent time in Uttar Pradesh (UP) the most populated state in the country, and Uttarakhand located in Northern India. After our homesteads in Dehradun we traveled to Rishikesh, a city up in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the birth place of yoga. In Rishikesh we saw the ashram the Beatles spent a year and a half at in 1968, dipped our toes in the Ganga, the largest and most holy river in India, and learned about spiritualism at a traditional Hindu aarti. Following Rishikesh we took a 12 hour overnight train to Lucknow, where we finally got our first real glimpse into the gender equality issues faced by young girls and women across the country.

Arriving in Lucknow at 10:00 AM most felt grumpy and groggy after enduring a long and bumpy journey, that in typical Indian fashion, was two hours off schedule. After a quick breakfast, dropping our bags at our hotel and wishing we had time for a nap, we got on the bus and headed to the Study Hall School. I was not prepared for the impact this visit would have on me as we stepped into the school yard. As we walked to our meeting room I saw many faces peeping out to catch a look at the strange group of visitors in their school, most were friendly and waving, and a few had shy smiles. We were led into a large room given a delicious lunch and tea and began to learn all about the Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) from our coordinator Anand.

SHEF is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by Urvashi Sahni, with the mission of providing a quality education and building a “universe of care” to empower students, particularly girls, and help them emerge as women with a perception of themselves as equal and capable individuals. SHEF is comprised of several schools including the Study Hall School, Prerna Girls School, Prerna Boys School, Vidyasthali School, and most recently the Study Hall College. In addition to these schools SHEF works with over 900 schools in Northern India through their Digital Study Hall program, and reaches 5,00,000 children living across the country through the use of teacher training and video lessons. SHEF tackles the most difficult problems facing UP today by integrating developing a social and political consciousness into their curriculum.

SHEF operates by using the revenue from the fee-paying students who attend the highly regarded Study Hall School in the morning, to provide free schooling to the Prerna girls and boys in the afternoon. The Prerna schools are for students coming from low socio-economic backgrounds, most of whom work in the mornings and thus are able to attend school in the afternoons. Currently the Prerna schools host 800 and 165 girls and boys respectively. The Prerna Girls School enables girls to take a feminist stance in their lives by integrating Dr. Sahni’s feminist pedagogy into their daily studies.

During our visit we were able to stop into a Prerna girls’ classroom age 16-18, where they were in the middle of a “critical dialogue” where the girls engage in discussion on topics such as equality, gender, health, etc. That day the girls were talking about what a “good” Indian girl looks like, acts like, etc. They asked us questions about what we thought a “good” American girl was like and they were surprised to find that we both face some of the same gender stereotypes. The girls were very curious what other kinds of issues we face in the U.S. including marriage, harassment, and rape. I was completely blown away by the girls’ maturity, confidence, and passion on these topics.

My admiration for the Prerna Girls and their determination to use their voice only grew when we came back to Study Hall the next day and met with students from Prerna, Study Hall, and Vidyasthali-a rural school outside of Lucknow all in one room. Four Prerna girls preformed a beautiful poem and dance in Hindi and English about girls never really having a place to call home as they are forced out of their homes as girls to be married off to another family. (see below) That day we interacted with all of the students and broke out into groups to have conversations and perform skits for everyone on the topic of equality. Each group had a creative twist on the assignment and addressed issues like gender, economic, and racial inequality.

I was shocked by the Prena girls’ openness to speak on their experiences and humbled by their courage in facing danger when getting to school or even using the toilet at home. Hearing these girls stand up and speak about their fight to avoid forced child marriage at just 15 put my life and my privilege into perspective. I left Study Hall School with not only a new point of view, but also with admiration for the resiliency and hope the students displayed.

In Search of a Home
Written by Prerna and Vidyasthali high school students
From birth to the day we die
We wander this earth in fright
Yet we find no home in sight.
My first world was a pitch black veil
Where I was overcome by a mysterious fear.
But I took comfort in my mother, in her warmth.
Cozy in her womb, my home was here.
As I left this haven, light flooded my eyes
I awaited my new home with utter delight
But I was left with just one thought
Is this new home what I once sought?
From mother’s embrace to father’s I pass
As she says “We are blessed by the gods.”
But as I looked into the faces of others
An unsettling gloom was quickly uncovered.
It wasn’t just a home, but also my playground
Every wall a mural, every rag was a crown.
The outside world called to me,
But inside I remained.
“Outside is not safe for girls,”
I was told everyday.
I am not truly theirs to keep,
So they must keep me safe.
But not to worry, they said,
That I’ll find me my home one day.
My illusions were shattered
and in corners I would weep
As my drunk father ravaged Mother
And threatened her with the street!

And in these moments I wondered,
“How dare he claim this house his own?
When really it is Mother
Who makes this house our home.”
The years went by, I turned sixteen.
Able, now, to understand my plight.
What I once thought was my house to roam
I then knew would never be my home..
Lovely it was, my wedding gown
Ceremonious vanity unmatched
A new journey began, as I bid farewell
And to a new home, unknown, I marched
In corners I heard them whispering
“She has finally found her home”
While my father pled, “Be brave!
“Your next journey shall be ‘til the grave.”
I knew he meant that he’d cut our ties.
What I once thought was home, isn’t mine.
He wanted me to brave the sins
Just as my mother stayed silent for him
I no longer knew which was my home.
Where I grew up? where I was thrown?
I wondered, where was my mother’s home?
I knew deep down that she had none.
As I entered this seemingly welcoming house,
A golden cage that wasn’t golden in the end,
I had the chains back on again
My whole being choked, but not a word I said
I was to them a homemaker
With two homes but none
The homes were made
But my life left undone
On God’s good earth, each has their home.
How can it be, that I have none?
In the end I am left, ripped at the seam.
The world has pushed me too far to dream
But, my dream, a home, I shall claim
Where I am at peace and finally safe
A place to finally call my own.
My final destination, my home.

Digital Study Hall’s Moni Kannaujia wins Hindustan Times – Young Society Leader Award

Moni Kannaujia, who leads SHEF’s Content Development team has been chosen as the Young Society Leader at the HT Woman Awards 2018. We would like to thank all our supporters and Hindustan Times.

Ms. Moni Kannaujiya has championed the cause of girls’ education by producing over 1000 quality video lessons which are available free of cost on the internet. She has risen through the ranks and is currently leading Content Production at Study Hall Educational Foundation’s outreach unit. She comes from a low-income family but has beaten the odds to become a role model in her community. 

Since the age of 15, Moni has been working and paying for her education, and has now surpassed her parents to become the highest earner in the family. She graduated from Study Hall Educational Foundation’s Prerna Girls School in the year 2012, earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2015, and is now pursuing her Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication at Lucknow University.

A natural young leader, Moni currently supervises a team of over ten teacher experts and two video production associates. She and her team produce videos lessons on quality pedagogy for under resourced classrooms. They also record critical dialogues between students and teachers that are part of SHEF’s feminist curriculum; these videos are used to strengthen the Aarohini girls’ education and empowerment program in more than 700 government schools in the state, promoting a greater understanding of gender and patriarchy in these communities. Additionally, Moni manages a YouTube channel for these video lessons that has over 21,000 subscribers and 3 million views.

Moni was an integral part of a study for ‘Mapping Vulnerability of Adolescent Girls in Uttar Pradesh,’ commissioned by Unicef. She is also a Woman Power Angel, designated as civil police to fight and report crimes against women by the Uttar Pradesh state government.

Indian’s Daughter Campaign 2018: Unwanted, Unequal and Unsafe

प्रेरणा बालक/बालिका विद्यालय, स्टडी हाॅल स्कूल, व सेन्टर फाॅर लर्निंग के 400 विद्यार्थियों द्वारा, भारत की बेटियांः अनचाही, असमान और असुरक्षित विषय पर जागरूक्ता रैली निकाली, रैली स्टडी हाल स्कूल से निकल कर पटेलपुरम, मलेशा मऊ, खरगापुर, से होते हुए मकदूमपुर, गोमतीनगर पर समाप्त की गई। जिसमें लगभग 4000 लोगों तक बाल विवाह, छेड़छाड़ और लड़कियों के खिलाफ हो रही हिंसा को रोकने के लिए संदेश पहुंचाया गया। विद्यार्थियों ने नुकड नाटक किया, नारे लगाये व बाल विवाह कानून के बारे में लोगों को बता कर समुदाय के लोगों को जागरूक किया और उन्हे शपथ दिलाया कि वो अपने बच्चों का विवाह सही समय पर और उनकी इच्छा के अनुसार करेंगे और बच्चों की पढ़ाई में कोई बाधा नही आने देंगे।

स्टडी हाॅल ऐजुकेशनल फाउन्डेशन द्वारा पिछले 6 वर्षों से इन्डियाज़ डाटर कैम्पेन नाम से लड़कियों और औरतों के खिलाफ हो रही हिंसा के विरूद्व जागरूक्ता अभियान चालाया जा रहा है। प्रत्येक वर्ष की तरह इस वर्ष भी इन्डियाज़ डाटर कैम्पेन के अन्र्तगत भारत की बेटीयां, अनचाही, समानय, असुरक्षित मुद्दे पर पूरे उत्तर प्रदेश में जागरूक्ता अभियान चलाया जा रहा है। आज दिनांक 28/04/2018 को लखनऊ के चार क्षेत्रों में पटेलपुरम, मलेशा मऊ, खरगापुर, और मकदूमपुर, में जागरूक्ता रैली निकाली गई, जिसमें प्रेरणा बालक/बालिका विद्यालय, स्टडी हाॅल स्कूल, व सेन्टर फाॅर लर्निंग के 400 विद्यार्थियों ने प्रतिभाग किया। जिसमें विद्यार्थियों ने नाटक के द्वारा लोगों को जागरूक करने का प्रयास किया, नाटक देखने के बाद समुदाय की कई महिलाओं ने कहा कि उनका विवाह 14, 15 वर्ष की उम्र में ही हो गया था लेकिन अब वो अपनी बेटियों के साथ ऐसा नही होने देंगी। मकदूमपुर से असलम जी ने कहा कि लड़कियों के साथ हो रही हिंसा को रोकने के लिए पूरे समाज को साथ आना होगा, मेरी बहन का बाल विवाह हुआ था लेकिन अब मैं अपनी बच्चियों का बाल विवाह नही होने दूंगा। कुछ पुरूषों ने कहा कि समाज में लड़कियां सुरक्षित नही हैं इस लिए माॅ बाप उनकी शादी जल्दी कर देते हैं ताकि लड़की अपने घर की हो जाये। बच्चियों ने समुदाय को बाल विवाह कानून के बारे में बताते हुए समाज़ को लड़कियों के प्रति संवदेनशील होने व लड़कियों को भी एक नागरिक के रूप में स्वीकार करने की अपील की, साथ ही यह भी कहा कि बच्चियों का बाल विवाह करने या सुरक्षा के ड़र से पढ़ाई छुडा कर घर में बिठाने के बजाये लड़कों को शिक्षित व जागरूक करें ताकि लड़कियां अपनी जिन्दगी को खुल कर जी सकें।

Study Hall Educational Foundation – NPTT Convocation

‘Don’t think of teaching as a part-time profession’

Lucknow: The third convocation ceremony of the Nursery and Primary Teacher’s Training (NPTT) Programme of the Study Hall Educational Foundation was held at the Study Hall Prep School here on Thursday. The event started with a welcome speech by the director of the training program Priya Kakkar said that it has been a very enlightening journey for journey for her and the trainees.Dr. Urvashi Sahni, the founder and CEO of the Study Hall Educational Foundation said, “The graduating teachers should continue to learn to sustain good teaching practices. Don’t think of teaching as a part-time profession. It shapes leaders as most of the personality is shaped by the age of 7″.A total of 13 teachers graduated on the occasion out of three have already got jobs in reputed schools of the city. Glimpses of the training program were shared with the guests. Shashi Prabha Acharya the principal of Study Hall Prep School said that the toolbox of the trained teachers is ready and now they should go out and express themselves.Those who have got placements already include Archana Verma, Fatima and Parveen. The graduating trainees also shared their experience and said that teaching and learning have to keep happening simultaneously. “The last year has been one of the most memorable years of my life. It’s almost like a new beginning and I very happy and sad at the same time to be graduating from NPTT. I would like to thank all my teachers for their guidance”, said one of the graduating trainees.

SRIJAN brings out creativity in CFL students

On January 29, 2018, Study Hall Center for Learning organised an Art and Design Exhibition- SRIJAN 2018.

The Event was inaugurated by the President and CEO of the Study Hall Educational Foundation, Dr Urvashi Sahni.

The guests were welcomed by the Principal of the institution Dr. Pratima Srivastava along with all the faculty members and by the students whose artwork were on display.

The habiliments were highly appreciated and applauded by all the guests and visitors. Many of the displayed items were sold out, which gives a sense of achievement to our blooming artists & designers. 

STUDY HALL SCHOOL STAFF 2018 – 2019

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PRINCIPAL-MRS.SHALINI SINHA
VICE PRINCIPAL-MRS.MEENAKSHI BAHADUR
JUNIOR SCHOOL HEADMISTRESS-MRS. BANI MALHOTRA
CLASS CLASS TEACHERS C0-ORDINATOR CO-TEACHER
CLASS 12A MRS. MEENAKSHI SHAH CO-ORDINATOR
CLASS 12B MRS. BHAVNA VIRENDRA MRS. PRACHI SAXENA
CLASS 12C MRS. PUNEETA SINGH
CLASS 12D MRS. AKANKSHA MALHOTRA MR. AMIT KUMAR
CLASS 12E MRS. RITIKA ASRANI
CLASS 11A MR. ANANT MISHRA
CLASS 11B MRS. ANURADHA BAIJAL MS. RUNA GHOSH
CLASS 11C MR. PANKAJ BAJPAI
CLASS 11D MRS. SUPARNA CHATTERJEE CO-ORDINATOR MR. HIMANSHU  JOSHI
CLASS 11E MRS. NEHA RASTOGI
CLASS 10A MRS. PREM PANDEY
CLASS 10B MRS. LANCY BIJU MR. SUDHEER GUPTA
CLASS 10C MR. AVSHESH MISRA CO-ORDINATOR
CLASS 10D MRS. SHOBHA PANDIT
CLASS 9A MRS. SHEEBA NAQVI
CLASS 9B MRS.PAYAL MALL DAVID CO-ORDINATOR MRS. SEEMA CHAUHAN
CLASS 9C MRS. SUMAN DWIVEDI
CLASS 9D MRS. NIDHI SHARMA
CLASS 8A MRS. SIMI SRIVASTAVA
CLASS 8B MRS.BHAWNA  TANDON MRS. SUMAN SINGH
CLASS 8C MRS. LAJO KAPOOR
CLASS 8D MRS.NIDHI  KUMAR CO-ORDINATOR
CLASS 7A MRS. DEEPALI JAIN
CLASS 7B MRS. SAIDA  AHMAD MRS. PRATIMA KAPOOR
CLASS 7C MRS. VISHAKHA SRIVASTAVA CO-ORDINATOR
CLASS 7D MS. PRATIKA RATHORE
CLASS 6A MRS. ARCHANA SETH
CLASS 6B MRS. ASHA BALI MRS. POONAM ATUL
CLASS 6C MRS. MADHU SALUJA
CLASS 6D MRS.PREETI SINGH CO-ORDINATOR
 JUNIOR SECTION 
CLASS 5A MRS.RUCHI BHATEJA
CLASS 5B MRS.ANJU GUPTA
CLASS 5C MRS.NUPUR BAJPAI
CLASS5D MS.PIYU CHOWDHARY
CLASS 4A MRS.DEEPALI SETH
CLASS4B MRS.SHALINI SANGAL
CLASS4C MRS.ANJU SINGH
CLASS4D MRS.REKHA ANAND
CLASS3A MRS.UTTARA SARAN
CLASS3B MRS.GUNJAN SINGH
CLASS3C MRS.RACHNA YADAV
CLASS3D MRS.SONI JAISWAL
CLASS2A MRS.VIBHA SHARMA
CLASS2B MRS.RAJESHWARI SINGH
CLASS2C MS.DEEPIKA GUHA ROY
CLASS2D MRS.CHETNA GIDWANI
CLASS1A MRS GULNAR RIZVI
CLASS1B MS.MONIKA GUHA ROY
CLASS1C MRS.POONAM MISRA
CLASS1D MRS.JAYATI WAHAL

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SOCIAL SCIENCE MRS.RUCHI BHATEJA
ENGLISH MRS.ANJU GUPTA
MATHEMATICS MS PIYU CHOWDHURY
SCIENCE MRS.NUPUR BAJPAI
HINDI MRS.RENU SHARMA
MRS.REKHA VERMA
MRS.SONIA CHAWLA
MRS.SUNITA VERMA
SPORTS MRS.PRIYANKA VERMA
MRS.PREETI SHARMA
COMPUTERS MS.PRATIMA KRISHNA
YOGA MRS.KALPANA SINGH
ART& CRAFT MRS.AMINA AMIR
MRS ANITA SAXENA
LIBRARY MS.SANGEETA GOEL
ASSISTANT TEACHER MS.SHREYA BHARGAVA
MUSIC , DANCE & INSTRUMENTS MRS.NARVADA SOOD
DR.BIJU KUMAR BHAGWATI
MRS.MUKTA SHARMA
MR.SANJAY SRIVASTAVA
MS SMRITI TIWARI
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SUBJECT TEACHER
MATHEMATICS MRS. MEENAKSHI SHAH
MR. HIMANSHU JOSHI
MR. AVSHESH MISRA
MR. B.M.CHAUBEY
MRS.POONAM ATUL
MRS.MADHU SALUJA
MRS. VISHAKHA SRIVASTAVA
MRS. DEEPALI JAIN
SCIENCE MR.SUDHEER GUPTA
MS. NIDHI SHARMA
MR. ANANT MISHRA
MR .MOHD. SHAHAB
MRS. ANURADHA BAIJAL
MR. ANAS KHAN
MS.LANCY BIJU
MR.KAMLESH YADAV
SOCIAL STUDIES MRS. SUPARNA CHATERJEE
MRS. PREM PANDEY
MRS.PAYAL MALL DAVID
MRS.PRACHI SAXENA
MRS. ARCHANA SETH
MRS. SIMI SRIVASTAVA
COMMERCE MR.PANKAJ BAJPAI
MS. NEHA RASTOGI
MS. RUNA GHOSH
MS. POONITA SINGH
ENGLISH MRS.SAIDA AHMAD
MRS. REKHA DHONDIYAL
MRS. BHAVNA VIRENDRA
MS. RITIKA ASRANI
MRS. SHOBHA PANDIT
MRS. NIDHI KUMAR
MS. SHEEBA NAQVI
MS. PRATIKA RATHORE
HINDI MRS.MEENAKSHI BAHADUR
MRS. SUMAN DWIVEDI
MRS. LAJO KAPOOR
MRS. BHAWNA TANDON
MRS.ASHA BALI
MRS. PREETI SINGH
ART & CRAFT MRS.SANGITA GUPTA
MR.SANDEEP BHATIA
MRS. SANGEETA GOEL
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS MRS. SEEMA CHAUHAN
MRS. SUMAN SINGH
MS PRATIMA KRISHNA
MR. AMIT KUMAR SHARMA
SPORTS / YOGA MR. RAJ KUMAR DUBEY
MR.RAJESH SINGH
MUSIC , DANCE, INSTRUMENTS MRS. NARVADA SOOD
DR. BIJU KUMAR BHAGWATI
MRS. MUKTA SHARMA
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Write4Change: UC Berkeley scholars study Prerna, Study Hall School

Prof. Glynda A. Hull from the University of California, Berkeley along with her team comprising John Scott, Jessica Adams, Devanshi Unadkat and Dhruv visited Study Hall Educational Foundation in connection with the ‘Write4Change: Online Global Writing Community for Youth Online’ research project which aims to learn about how educators and students create and participate in online writing communities and write for social change. The project also aims to know how visualizing data could help students think about their writing and themselves as writers in new ways.

The participants from Study Hall and Prerna schools were put into 4 groups and they were given access to 360 Virtual Reality camera equipment. The students were acclimatized to the use of the new technology. They confabulated about the social issues or themes to weave their stories around. Thereafter they captured the cityscape with their lens along with their escort teachers. Then they thought about the music, subtitles, narration and special effects to complement their visuals. The resultant videos were about the life of the underprivileged girls in Prerna school, the sights and sounds from the culture, history and cuisine of Lucknow, Women Empowerment and the Socio-cultural diversity of India.

The team from Berkeley was quite impressed with the final outcome and lauded their efforts. They congratulated them for their proactive participation and involvement in all stages of film-making. It was teamwork all through and the efforts shone in every aspect of the videos.

It was a mutually enriching interaction and the students of SHEF in particular Study Hall and Prerna learnt how to use the new technique and compared it with the existing 180-camera technology used currently by them. The use of multi-modal approach was a unique experience.

We hope that this ongoing project would provide access to new technology and an interface with global student communities to share, learn and grow together.

Write4Change: Online Global Writing Community for Youth Online